Bent River Books & Music was founded on September 15 2010 by Chris & Carla Wykoff. Chris is a semi-retired former engineer and Carla a retired engineer and librarian who operated C Angela Wykoff Bookseller (an independent online bookstore from 2004 to 2010). We are located in the lovely and historic Verde Valley of North Central Arizona midway between the New Age center of Sedona and the historic copper mining community of Jerome.
Our mission and passion is to provide our customers with an eclectic selection of new, used & collectible books and music (compact disc and vinyl formats) in a warm, relaxing and welcoming environment of like minds. We feature an Art Wall as a show space for local artists and artisans and rotate thrir work on a monthly basis. The sitting area adjacent to the Art Wall has a good stock of coffees and teas and we'll shortly be adding munchies as well. We also feature local author talks/book signings and evenings of live acoustic. We are members of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, the American Bookseller's Association, the Old Town Cottonwood Association and Arizona Local First an organization promoting local businesses by educating the public on the benefits recycling their dollars back into the their local economies.
Carla is the Book Lady and is responsible for all matters Book. Special areas of collection development include Arizona (particularly northern Arizona) history and culture, Southwestern Native Americans, Anthropology and Earth-Friendly living. If you are a collector wanting to sell in these areas Carla would like to hear from you.
Chris is the Music Man and responsible for all matters Music. His areas of special intest are Jazz and Rock of the Sixties & Seventies. Contact Chris regarding Music Special orders or selling Music collections.
Jessica Stafford & Sarah Wagner, both teachers at the middle school in the nearby communnity of Clarkdale, work the store on weekends and when Chris & Carla are on the road. Jessica is our Children's and Education specialist, Sarah is our contact for Mathematics and Scence. Barbara Hahn (AKA Barclay Franklin) is our author-in-residence. Barbara is in the store on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons. She is our book club and creative workshops coordinator and helps Chris with our weekend live acoustic events on weekends.
We publish a monthly newsletter with an Events calendar insert which we will be happy to send you (to subscribe contact Chris ). We hope to see you soon!
Chris, Carla, Jessica, Sarah & Barbara
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